Championship

Goalkeeping assist for Blackburn's Christian Walton who is the Championsip Player of the Week

Plus two West Brom stars make the Top 5 after the win against Bristol City

 
9:00am on Monday 24th February 2020
By
Martin Macdonald
Christian Walton
GK - Blackburn - 24 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.9
Feb 22, 2020

Blackburn moved to within five points of the playoffs after earning a 2-2 draw away at Brentford, with goalkeeper Christian Walton surprisingly proving his worth not only in goal, but in an attacking sense too.

He sent 29 long balls forward in total, and one of these led to an assist 11 minutes in as he fired the ball over everyone, including the Brentford defence, for Adam Armstrong, who delightfully finished with a lob.

For his bread and butter duties, he was superb, making seven saves and 13 ball recoveries.

At a key moment in the match late on, he produced one of these saves to deny Said Benrahma with a vital stop with his foot after a shot from six yards.

Hal Robson-Kanu
S (C), W (R) - West Brom - 30 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.8
Feb 22, 2020

Hal Robson-Kanu scored two for West Brom as the Baggies comfortably defeated Bristol City 3-0.

With 10 minutes to go in the first half, he scored his first of the day in predatory fashion, sending a close range finish home after a spill by the opposition keeper.

His second was a cracker, and although he was given a helping hand by an awful backpass from Ashley Williams, the resulting finish was superbly volleyed across goal into the bottom right corner with a half volley.

He arguably should have had a hat-trick, as in between the two goals he ran through one-on-one with the keeper only to slash a strike wide.

Conor Townsend
D (L) - West Brom - 26 yrs
90'
8.4
Feb 22, 2020

West Brom obviously earned the clean sheet in that win, and key to that was Conor Townsend, who defended well at left-back as well as contributing going forward too.

He won 12/16 duels, 6/9 tackles, 2/3 aerial duels, and also made four ball recoveries and two interceptions.

On the left flank, he provided vital width as he enjoyed 77 touches and completed 36/46 passes, 15 of which were sent into the final third.

Pablo Hernández
AM (RC) - Leeds Utd - 34 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
85'
8.1
Feb 22, 2020

Leeds won two consecutive matches for the first time since the middle of December after a solitary Pablo Hernandez goal gave them a narrow 1-0 win versus Reading.

After a frustrating first half, the opening goal came around the hour mark in superb fashion as Hernandez initially was fortunate to make his way into the penalty box before cleverly jinking past the tackle of Liam Moore, allowing him the space to stab a finish into the top right corner.

He completed 56/74 passes, with 42 of these being sent into the final third which was the highest tally for any player in this round of Championship fixtures.

Ollie Watkins
S (C), AM (R) - Brentford - 24 yrs
90'
7.8
Feb 22, 2020

Ollie Watkins was unlucky not to be on a winning side this weekend, as he impressed for Brentford in the 2-2 draw with Blackburn.

While the home side were 2-0 down, he was vital for them getting back into the match as he made it 2-1 with one of the best goals of the weekend. After allowing the ball to bounce beyond him down the right channel, he proceeds to fire a spectacular half volley into the near corner.

Remarkably, he only misplaced one pass the entire match, completing 24/25 balls to team-mates in the 90 minutes.

HONOURABLE MENTION

Lyle Taylor (7.8) scored two goals for Charlton as they moved five points clear of the relegation zone after a 3-1 home victory against Luton.

ROUND TO FORGET

Callum Paterson (4.8) scored an own goal to kick off Cardiff's afternoon away at Stoke, and didn't really recover after that. He worryingly won just four out of 22 duels, and three out of 18 aerial duels.

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